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Visitor's guide to the Los Angeles Auto Show

When to go, how to get there, what to see

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2015 Kia K900 at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

2015 Kia K900 at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Galpin GTR1 at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

Galpin GTR1 at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

Photo © Aaron Gold
Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

Photo © Aaron Gold

ABOUT THE 2013/2014 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Ever since the organizers moved the show to November a few years ago, the L.A. Auto Show has been regarded as the official beginning of the auto show season. This year, the LA show is once again home to several significant vehicle premiers.

WHEN TO GO

The Los Angeles Auto Show is open to the public Friday, November 22nd through Sunday, December 1st, 2013.

Hours:
Friday, Nov 22nd: 11am - 10pm
Saturday, Nov 23rd: 9am - 10pm
Sunday, Nov 24th: 9am - 8pm
Monday, Nov 25th - Wednesday, Nov 27th: 11am - 10pm
Thursday, Nov 28th (Thanksgiving): 9am - 8pm
Friday, Nov 29th - Saturday, Nov 30th: 9am - 10pm
Sunday, Dec 1st: 9am - 8pm
Note: Entrance closes one hour prior to show closing.

Tip: The show tends to be packed wall-to-wall on the weekends. Go during the week if at all possible.

Admission:
Adults: $10 at the door Monday - Thursday, $12 Friday - Sunday
Children ages 6-12, $5; 5 and under free with a paid adult.
Seniors (65+): $8 weekdays (cash at the door), full price on weekends.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Available discounts:

  • Coupons for $4 off admission are available at many Los Angeles-area car dealers.

Charity preview

A charity preview night to benefit CASA/LA will take place on Thursday, November 21st, from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Tickets are $225. For more information, go here.

HOW TO GET THERE

The LA Auto Show is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles.

Directions to the Los Angeles Convention Center

Parking is available at the convention center for $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends. (If you are paying by credit/debit card, note that some parking entrances are cash only -- look for signs.) There are several independent lots in the area, some less expensive, some more.

Discounted, pre-paid parking can be found at ParkMe.com.

Tip: A cheaper alternative is to take public transportation. Metro Blue Line's Pico Station is a block away from the Convention Center. The Red and Purple subway and Silver Metro Liner connect to the Blue Line at 7th St./Metro Center (1 stop from Pico and a 3/4 mile walk from the Convention Center); the Green Line connects Wilmington/Imperial. Metro Rail information

WHAT TO SEE

This year's Los Angeles show is home to several significant new vehicle premieres. Among the ones you won't want to miss:

There are also some fantastic concept cars. No question, the most spectacular is the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo, a fantastic vision of the future. Other concepts show us cars that are closer to production, including the Ford Edge Concept and the Subaru Legacy Concept.

If you're looking for free stuff, check out the Chevrolet booth, which has take-aways and a nifty make-your-own flip-book booth in the shape of a Corvair Greenbriar van. Ford has a thorough hands-on exhibit, while Mazda has a full-motion race simulator.

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